Deya to face justice for child trafficking allegation

Police in the UK will this morning decide on the much-awaited fate of the embattled clergyman Archbishop Gilbert Deya.

Deya, 53, at the centre of last year’s “miracle babies” saga, is expected to answer bail at a South London police station following his arrest on February 16, on suspicion of human trafficking.

Police will extend his bail pending further enquiries, arrest and charge him or release him.

It is the first time the self-styled archbishop is being held at a police station since the miracle babies’ saga last year.

The case has aroused media and public interest in Kenya and in the UK.

Deya, head of UK-based Gilbert Deya Ministries with about 36,000 followers, is fighting extradition to Kenya, where he is wanted for child trafficking.

Deya is at the centre of an international police investigation into claims that he stole babies from Nairobi’s slums and sold them to infertile women in the UK. The women were convinced they had conceived through power of prayer.

The international police investigation is co-ordinated by New Scotland Yard and involves International Police (Interpol) and Kenya police.

On December 22, last year, officers from New Scotland Yard’s child abuse unit raided Deya’s premises across Britain and took into its care a child.

Deya’s wife Mary and four other women are on bail awaiting trial after they were charged with four counts of child theft.

At least 10 pastors from the Gilbert Deya Ministries embroiled in the “’Miracle babies” saga have since resigned.

Deya had denied allegations against him through a Glasgow based human rights lawyerAamer Anwar, who has been instructed to fight the extradition attempt.


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The Standard, Kenya
June 20, 2005
Gitau wa Njenga in London

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